The 24-year-old man can be sentenced to 15 years in Argentina for ‘infecting’ 11 people with the coronavirus
Man, 24, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for ‘infecting’ 11 people with the coronavirus after being told to quarantine on his return to Argentina from the US, but instead attended a party of 100 guests
- Eric Torales is accused of spreading the coronavirus to at least 11 people at a party in Argentina after telling him to quarantine
- The 24-year-old returned to the city of Moreno in Buenos Aires on March 13 after traveling to the United States and attended a party of 100 guests on March 14
- Torales was admitted to a local hospital on March 19 after being diagnosed with respiratory disease and later tested positive for COVID-19
- Among the confirmed sick partygoers is the girl who celebrated her 15th birthday
- There are 20 other people present
- Torales is accused of spreading an infectious disease and can be sentenced to 15 years in prison if found guilty
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A man in Argentina can face 15 years in prison if prosecutors can prove that he intentionally spread the coronavirus after he rejected a quarantine bill and attended a birthday party that made at least 11 people sick.
Eric Torales returned to Buenos Aires from the United States on March 13 and celebrated the fifteenth birthday of a family friend in the city of Moreno the following day.
Rather than abide by the mandatory isolation decree imposed by the Argentine government the day before his arrival, the 24-year-old joined 100 other partygoers for the birthday.
News outlet Todo Noticias reported that on March 19, Torales had breathing problems, one of the symptoms associated with the deadly disease, and visited Clinica Adventista, where he was admitted and placed in intensive care after later testing positive for COVID-19 .
Eric Torales was detained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for violating a national quarantine law and attending a birthday party related to 11 coronavirus infections. The 24-year-old arrived in Argentina from the United States on March 13 and attended a party the next day before being admitted to a local hospital on March 19 after positive testing
A police officer in Buenos Aires, Argentina (center), interrogates the 24-year-old man, who was arrested on charges of rejecting the quarantine laws of the South American country and reportedly at a birthday party earlier this month to eleven people at a birthday party he returned from a trip to the United States
Among the 11 infected people is a 15-year-old girl who was the guest of honor of the party, another child and two elderly people aged 76 and 79.
Health officials have announced that, as a precaution, at least 20 other birthday party staff have been placed under observation.
Officials are also looking for other people who may have had contact with Torales after returning from the United States and his decision to attend the event rather than quarantine.
Torales, who was ordered to turn in his passport, was placed under house arrest on Wednesday after he was released from hospital. He may only leave the house for medical appointments.
Torales was released from hospital on Wednesday and placed under house arrest. He can only leave his home for scheduled doctor visits
Prosecutors will officially sue Torales for spreading an infectious disease in the coming days.
He may be sentenced to three to fifteen years in prison if found guilty of violating Article 202 of the Criminal Code.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than 25,000 deaths and more than 558,500 diseases since Friday.
The virus has killed 13 people and caused 589 positive cases in Argentina alone.